Stuart Townsend off ‘Thor’
What is it with Stuart Townsend and characters with swords? First, he leaves the role of Aragorn early in the shooting of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now we hear that he’s out of the role of Fandral in the adaptation of Marvel’s Thor. AP cites that old standby, “creative differences”. Fandral will now be played by Joshua Dallas, who was in the Doctor Who episode “Silence in the Library”.
I can think of a few possibilities:
His swordsmanship isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
Director Kenneth Branagh thinks having Townsend leave the production early is some sort of a good luck charm (see LOTR).